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Fast cars, one-liners and loose plotting

Movie Review: "The Dukes of Hazzard"

Movie Review: "The Dukes of Hazzard"

August 09, 2005

Julie: To me, "The Dukes of Hazzard" was a complete bore and way too centered on stunts rather than plot. After about the fifth fight scene and car chase I was almost asleep.

Sarah: I thought the car chases were a little overrated, but they were still realistically done and the special effects were phenomenal.

Julie: I feel as though the only good thing that made the car chases not completely monotonous was the character's actions inside the General Lee, the famous '69 Dodge Charger of Bo Duke (played by Seann William Scott). Bo and Luke Duke (Johnny Knoxville) kept their cool even while being chased by the cops. They cracked jokes, got into arguments and discussed their plans into keeping Boss Hogg (plyed by Burt Reynolds) from turning their hometown in Hazzard County, Ga., into a coal mine. However, this made the characters seem unrealistic and lack depth because any normal person would be going crazy!

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Sarah:You're right about the characters being sort of unrealistic, but I thought the acting was good overall. I didn't like Jessica Simpson's horrible accent playing Bo and Luke's cousin, Daisy. My favorite character was definitely Bo Duke because he made the movie so funny with his witty remarks and unpredictable reactions. The costumes were also well put together, although I thought Daisy's outfits were a little, well, a lot, on the scandalous side.

Julie: My favorite character by far was Bo and Luke's Uncle Jesse, played by Willy Nelson. His long jokes made a nice contrast to the one-liners that were all too common in the movie. His silly antics, such as smoking pot in the outhouse with the governor, and Neslon's great acting made the character funny and likable.

Sarah: I agree. A lot of the scenes were really funny. I particularly liked the scene where Bo Duke did a donut in the drive way, kicking up rocks to break the windows of the cop cars. What was your favorite scene?

Julie: I think the most, and almost the only, interesting scene was when Bo and Luke Duke went to Atlanta and faced the real world. It was ironic yet amusing to witness these unlikely hicks being placed in the 21st century.

So what was your overall opinion?

Sarah: I thought the movie was excellent. Although sometimes I tired of the constant action scenes that caused the film to stray from the plot, the acting and humor made up for it. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Julie: "Dukes o' Hazzard" had a steady sequence of boring action, predictable events, and mostly weak humor, making the whole thing drone on for what seemed like more than 105 minutes. I give it 2 out of 5 stars only because the characters, though improbable, made me chuckle, but only a tad.

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